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Letter to the editor
New commissioner thanks board, residents
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Forsyth County News
What a time to take office. The year 2009 will be the most challenging year Forsyth County has ever looked toward.

There is no doubt this unique economic situation the entire nation faces will continue to have impacts here at home. It is going to take strict budgetary controls and innovative ways of increasing revenue to maintain the high quality services our county provides. Economic development is paramount. I will endeavor to bring corporate growth in an attempt to shift the burden from our citizens. Forsyth County needs to become known as “the Place to do Business in North Georgia.”

I want to thank the current board for the openness and how they included Commissioner Boff and myself over the last few months. Although we did not have a “voice,” it has been rewarding to begin building relationships with all the commissioners and staff, as well as have this first-hand insight into issues that we must address. To have the opportunity to hit the ground running in January is directly attributed to this board and for that I am grateful.

It is going to be a hard year, but I am confident that teamwork and professionalism can help us through. Our county staff offers some of the best talent, skill and dedication that can be found. I look forward to working closely with our interim county manager and his team and being part of creating a better Forsyth County.

Finally, I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to Linda Ledbetter and David Richard for their service to the citizens of Forsyth County. They both have been invaluable since the general election and the input, advice and candor has made all the difference in this transition. I hope the future is kind to them both.

Best regards,

Patrick B. Bell

Commissioner, District 4